WELCOME TO THE THUNDER BAY AND DISTRICT INJURED WORKER SUPPORT GROUP WEBSITE

We are proud to welcome you to the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group’s Website.

The Thunder Bay and District Injured Worker Support Group (TBDIWSG) is a volunteer organization that supports Injured Workers through;

1) The sharing of knowledge and fellowship within Injured Workers, their families and their supports

2) The lobbying of politicians, WSIB and others with power over Workers Compensation in Ontario

3) The Education of the general public, unions and any others with the ability to support or hinder the welfare of Injured Workers.

We are run by a Board of members elected at our Annual General Meeting.  We meet on a Monthly basis to plan numerous activities.

We have an office at the Thunder Bay Labour Centre which is open on Tuesday and Thursdays 10am to 12 noon.  This office is operated by volunteers.

On the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm the TBDIWSG holds a Public Meeting at the Thunder Bay Labour Centre.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be a sign when you enter the Centre showing you where to find the meeting.  Please come out.

Important Information you will find on this website:

Next Public meeting with topic and guest speakers

The location, time and topic of any Government Hearings, rallies, etc. being held in Thunder Bay area that is of interest to Injured Workers.

News from WSIB

Interesting Articles, etc. from across Canada, but mostly Ontario, that we feel would be important to Injured Workers.

A regular update on TBDIWSG activities.

We are strong if we are informed, active and numerous.  With shared strength we will move forward.

An Evening of Shared Stories

The Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group held a Sharing Circle on the evening of Thursday, January 15th .  The support group had asked Injured Workers, their family members and the many people who support injured workers to bring their stories for an evening of support and sharing.  Almost 30 participants sat in a circle and while passing around a Medicine Bag shared their stories.  There was a large range of topics covered by the stories.  Although most of the stories were about battles with WSIB/WCB they ranged from the cause of injury to the effect on family members.

Through the evening those with more experiences with the issues effecting Injured Workers would share their hard earned knowledge with the less experienced attendees.

During the session Pierre Beaupre offered up his professional services in stress Management. Pierre, now retired and an Injured Worker himself, worked for 24 years at the Sister Margaret Smith Centre.  He has gained a great deal of knowledge regarding self-relaxation techniques.  These practices can be of great help to those struggling with high stress saturations.  A signup sheet for Pierre’s sessions was passed around and a future notice about how to add your name to this sheet will be posted on this website soon.

Things wrapped up around 9:00 pm and the medicine bag was given to Eugene Lefrancois who, in the Metis-Ojibway tradition, will send the shared prayer/words of the evening up to the spirits.  It was a wonderful and appropriate end to the evening.

The Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group would like to thank those who attended the event.

Through shared strength we move forward.

MPP Bill Mauro meets TBDIWSG representatives

On January 15th Thunder Bay & District Injured Worker Support Group Board members Jan Pilley, Jules Tupker and Steve Mantis met with Thunder Bay/Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. This meeting represented our second meeting with a Northern Ontario MPP as earlier this month Board members Greg Snider, Eugene Lefrancois and Steve Mantis met with Thunder Bay/Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle.  The meeting with Bill Mauro went well with several topics being discussed including; Cost of Living Adjustment, reduction of benefits and Experience Rating.  The group felt that Bill was prepared for the meeting and he seemed quite willing to listen to their concerns.  Bill expressed his concern for our issues and asked some good question of our board members.

Bill was supportive of Michael Gravelle’s efforts to have Labour Minister Kevin Flynn come to Thunder Bay to meet with our group and in fact Bill stated that he would be calling the Minister as soon as the meeting ended.

This was a very positive meeting and although we must not forget, that a person injured at work today is worse off now than if she or he had been injured prior to the Liberals taking office; meetings like these may represent the beginning of positive changes.

I am certain that if we continue to be supportive, active and informative we will obtain the changes we want.

With Shared Strength we move forward